Prostate Cancer; UK doctors and surgeons have formulate what is probably the world’s first clinical guidance on anal sex before, during, and after diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer. This consensus guideline, which is aim at clinicians as well as gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer; which recommends that men should abstain from receiving anal sex; so for a period of time before, during, and after certain tests and cancer treatments.
Prostate cancer treatments
Guideline coordinator Sean Ralph of the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Wirral, said, “Men are normally advise to resume sexual activity soon after prostate cancer treatments; so in order to help preserve their erectile function. However, the increase likelihood of participating in anal sex means; so that some groups of patients gay and bisexual men in particular have different risks, such as the possibility of anal sex causing physical damage after a prostate operation or radiotherapy.
They find that most oncologists and surgeons don’t ask patients; which about their sexual orientation or sexual practices; which means some men won’t get the appropriate advice and support they need to continue having a safe and fulfilling sex life. This new guidance represents the first time that health professionals have develop clinical advice in relation to anal sex before, during, and after tests and treatments for prostate cancer.
The clinical oncologists were unable to agree on how long men; so abstain from receiving anal sex after permanent seed brachytherapy; hence where radioactive seeds are insert into the prostate to kill the cancer. Following additional consultation with medical physicists, it was agree that men should abstain from receiving anal sex for 6 months; so in order to minimise radiation exposure to sexual partners.
Top clinicians working
Sean Ralph add “It is important to note that there was a range of opinions; so on how long men abstain from receiving anal sex; so the figures we quote are base on the most common answers provide. There is a lack of concrete clinical evidence on this subject. What we have done is take the opinions of some of the top clinicians working; so within prostate cancer in order to produce guidance where none previously existed.
Catherine Winsor, deputy director of support and influencing at Prostate Cancer UK said, “Our Specialist Nurses often get asked how long men should abstain from having sex before; hence during and after different tests and treatments for prostate cancer, from both patients and the professionals who support them.
They’ve use this to update our written patient information for this group to include; so these more specific timeframes on when they should abstain. We hope that health professionals will use these findings to provide more consistent, evidence based guidance to men who have anal sex.”